For as long as I have known, I have wanted to study Law. Those around me and who know me know that however, it has not been the smoothest of rides to get to that place.
I finally had the chance to study a Graduate Diploma in Law (a law conversion course for those who already have a degree in something else) starting in September 2016. This was something I was over the moon about and was so excited to get started, having wanted to study Law for years. As I received my acceptance on to the course, all of the sudden the main funding avenues for the course stopped. This shook me, but I had a few months over the summer of 2016 to get something else sorted, which miraculously, I did.
I successfully completed the first year, and just missed out on a Merit. So then, when it came to my second year, I decided to give up one day of work in order to have a study day so that I could achieve a higher grade overall.
I began my second and final year of the GDL just a few months ago, however 4 weeks ago, I was advised by the private loan company that had lent me my tuition fees for last year, that they could not pay again this year. What made this news harder to take was that they would not give me a reason why, and I was only informed well into my first term, which didnt leave me very much time at all to sort anything else out.
'Im sure you could probably get a loan from somewhere else?', you may say. I thought the same thing too, so for the past four weeks I have been trying to find funding from other places - Student Finance England, Advanced Learner Loans, Professional and Career Development Loans, my bank, and other banks. Very dishearteningly, none of the above places can give me a loan, either because my course is not eligible for one; it does not fall in line with their criteria; or I haven't built a long enough rapport with them to get a loan (this is in reference to other banks lending me money).
Fast-forward four weeks, and I received an email this week from my course administrator, letting me know that I would either need to make a payment in the next couple of weeks, or my student record will be deleted and I will not be able to finish the course. I was gutted when I read this email, especially having felt like I have already had to overcome many obstacles to get to this place, but I prayed (and still pray) that something will happen to change this situation. That is when a few people suggested I set this Go Fund Me page as a last resort. Now, the thought of doing this filled me with dread and fear. But I thought I would push through this and see if anyone was willing to give.
I thank you so much in advance for any donations you make! I will forever be grateful for your kindness and your help.